U.S. Airlines Losing Less Luggage

Fees for checked bags are reducing volume handled at airports.

About half of American's domestic passengers check bags, down slightly from the pre-fee era, and about a quarter of its passengers pay luggage fees, while the rest are exempt from the charges.

"If there is a big change, it's that we are seeing fewer second checked bags," Smith said. "What it simply means is people are saying, 'I can make do with one checked bag, or I can consolidate and take less.' "

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